February 10-16, 2010 is Carnival de Ponce in Puerto Rico. This celebration dates back to 1858 and happens annually the week before Ash Wednesday. (It coincides with Mardi Gras.)
The stars of the Carnival de Ponce are the Vejigantes. People dress as demons . The costumes include capes and papier-mâché masks. The masks usually include horns, a snout, and fangs. They then run around whacking spectators with inflated cow bladders (vejigas) to, um, beat away evil spirits. I've read, though, that given their tendency to target attractive women, their motives may be suspect. :)
Rick and I decided to make our own masks, which we are still working on. This photo was taken after three layers of papier-mâché. After taking the photo, we added a layer of white paper. Next we will paint and decorate the masks.
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